Roger Federer is nervous about playing on the clay for Davis Cup

September 13, 2012

ATP Tennis News, Interviews

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Roger admits to a Swiss newspaper of feeling a bit tired and afraid of the surface on which he will face the Netherlands

Federer is hoping Switzerland will remain in the world group. (Photo credit:

In an interview with a Swiss newspaper, Roger Federer has expressed his concerns about the Davis Cup playoff against the Netherlands to stay in the World Group. The match will be played on clay in fact, it is the surface less congenial to the Swiss:

“It’s needless to beat around the bush, this year I have lacked a little security on clay. In Madrid I won, but then the court was fast and I played in Rome on the heels of that success. In Paris, however, I had a lot of trouble this year.”

Fortunately, the world No. 1 reassured his fans he is not going to be running out of energy:

“I’m constantly on the road from April, so yes, I am a bit tired, but I still feel pretty good. Davis Cup for me was one of the goals of the year, but my participation now depended on how I would go the U.S. Open and how long I spent in New York.  I decided at the last minute, as there was also the possibility of playing three matches, I hope that my contribution will serve for only one or at most two games.”

On his opponents, Roger has clear ideas:

“Any player in the Davis Cup is capable of an exploit, so you should always be careful. I do not want to put unnecessary pressure on my team, but it is true. Among the Dutch, I really like Jean Julier-Rojer, who is a specialist and in the top 20 in the world. We will do everything to stay in the world Group. For my country it is perhaps not as important as other places, but it would be really nice to win.”

The world number one has thus cast doubt on the future participation in the Shanghai Masters 1000: “I will decide after the Davis Cup”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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